Lips Of Faith - Prickly Passion Saison | New Belgium Brewing

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Lips Of Faith - Prickly Passion SaisonLips Of Faith - Prickly Passion Saison

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Doodler on 11-02-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Pintofbrown
3.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Prickly Passion Saison was had on-tap at the Sanctuary. It was served in a flute-tulip glass.

Appearance- The head is very airy and puffy, reaching about two-fingers in width. There is a bunch of lace as the head degrades at a glacial pace. The body is a pretty amber-orange with some gold and ruby highlights.

Smell- The slight sour zest from the fruit and earthy yeast is first up in the nose. Then the passion fruit and pear juice completely overwhelms, and it does so in a very good way. It is very sweet and slightly sour. Always enjoy unique beer profiles!

Taste- The fruit of the drink includes red apple and pear notes. Passion fruit sneaks in there and really starts to fill the palate. Sweet is definitely more noticeable than the sour.

The finish has a very unique vanilla and smokey note to it. It must be how the yeast is interacting with all that sweet fruit. I probably would score this much higher if there was a little more zing from the sour and musty side of this saison.

Mouth feel- The feel is just okay. Nothing going on that makes it easier to drink. It is bordering on light, and it is a little too fizzy on the tongue for my taste.

Overall- This really is a unique beer, and the positive aspects of discovering this beer outweigh the parts I did not enjoy.

This would be pretty remarkable if New Belgium went more extreme with the musty yeast of a saison. Or even better, if they kicked up the sour quality to counter-act how incredibly sweet this fruity cocktail is.

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Photo of dankster
3.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber from quail creek.

Clear orange with a touch of amber. not much head or lacing

Smell is very sweet and fruity. more than the average saison. heavy pear and even cactus noted.

Taste is sweet with some citrus but more tart fruits are present. cactus is more noted as the brew warms. very unique taste that i personally like but some might not get. pear comes though better when cold.

Mouth is slick and clean like all lips of faith imo.

overall a different take on classic saison's but i like it. the price is a tad heavy at 8 a bomber but great for the holidays. might age well but not sure may have to try.

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4/5  rDev +18%

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4/5  rDev +18%

Photo of EricCioe
3.62/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours 'pink-orange, grapefruit' according to the lady, with a one finger eggshell head that faded quickly for me. On the nose there are notes of banana, green apples, that soft wheat character that I sometimes find in saisons, and yeast. In the mouth, it broadens out a bit with wheat bread providing a base for the sweeter fruit notes and esters to ride on top. It's well-integrated. It's a little broad and softer than I normally like in saisons, which I often reach for on hotter days of the summer to quench thirst with some style.

Overall, I can't speak to any one aspect of this beer that didn't come out fine, but the end product isn't anything extraordinary. There are better saisons I think, but this is by no means not a good one. It just didn't speak to me.

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Photo of zaphodchak
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Half finger of white head that retains a bit. Clear amber body.

Smell is typical saison. Some Belgian yeast, a bit of spice, relatively little funk.

Taste is sort of biscuity (or perhaps bready, some solid, neutral base), with some of the sweetness that I can only guess is prickly pear. Black pepper comes in at the end, which is faintly bitter. Well balanced.

Mouthfeel is relatively bright, but not too 'prickly' (pun intended).

It's pretty good, even as a non saison-lover. Not outstanding, but good.

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4/5  rDev +18%

Photo of TexIndy
3.92/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 650ml bottle into a pint glass. No dating info but was just released so it's fresh. It was a clear copper color with slight carb streams. It had a small fizzy head that quickly settled into a thin, incomplete collar. Minimal lacing and none sticking.

The aroma was good with the tropical fruit in the lead but quickly followed with more traditional saison elements. Pretty sweet smelling so was worried that it might taste too sweet but it didn't. It's sweet but there is just enough yeast and spice to keep it down. I do wish the mix was higher on the yeast/spice. As-is it's a fruity saison instead of a saison with fruit highlights. Mouthfeel is light with good carb levels and a fruity finish. Not really dry like a normal saision.

Overall, an interesting take on the style that does somewhat succeed. If you are wanting a pure saison you'll be disappointed but if you are open to a new take and don't mind sweeter beers then you are in for a treat. Avail here in TX. Seasonal I believe but maybe one-time release. Rotation - interesting enough that I'm going to get at least one or two more for now. [O;Y]

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4/5  rDev +18%

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4/5  rDev +18%

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4/5  rDev +18%

Photo of GregSVT
3.95/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a clear golden brown with a nice white head that fades to a small layering and leaves some lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is pretty inviting. The typical Saison aromas are there with notes of lemon zest and fruity esters along with a passion fruit sweetness.

T: Wow this thing is pretty sweet but it works. The fruit juices are at the forefront with a nice sweetness which is followed by the clove and esters from the Saison yeast.

M: The feel is medium bodied and only slightly drying on the finish.

O: The was tasty and an interesting take on a Saison. Definitely not traditional but I appreciate what they did here. I'd drink it again for sure...I may grab another and lay it down for a while to see how it develops.

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3/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of ZSimon
3.96/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber from Westpark Beer and Wine, Richmond, VA. Purchased after New Belgium "Beer Theater" featuring NB brewmaster Peter Bouckaert.

Pours brilliant, clear amber-y orange, a surprise from a style that is more typically pale and cloudy. But lack of yeast sediment doesn't prevent the yeast from doing its job and providing a wild range of fruity esters as well as a drying finish. A subdued nose is the weak point, if there is one. If anything, it sets expectations a bit lower, which only enhances the powerfully fruity flavors of mango, sweet bubblegum, and a healthy dose of bittering hops. Mouthfeel is typical of New Belgium, which is to say, exceptional- mouth-filling but slightly slick, though the flavors definitely stick around well afterward. Prickly pear and passionfruit additions might be tough to source year-round, I would love to see this one-off Lips of Faith (or something similar) added to the rotation.

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Photo of artcurtis
4.12/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into my NB globe.
Pours nice deep and golden. Smallish, light head. Very nice looking, even though the head disappears rather quickly.

S - Fruit and alcohol. Especially fruit. Really like the nose on this. The fruit doesn't have a sweet smell, but rather refreshing.

t - Pretty good. Definitely improves as it gets closer to room temp. Cold fridge is too cold for this one for sure. The fruit mingles nicely with the Saison flavors. Pretty typical of the style, very tasty. Nice, subtle alcohol notes and a almost sweet-free frutiiness.

m - Pretty on point for a Saison. If you are familiar with the style, no surprises here.

Overall, I really enjoyed this. Not mindblowing, but a very solid, tasty Saison. Definitely recommended if you enjoy the style.

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Photo of Doodler
3.88/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber. Pours a golden copper with a white head and sticky lacing. Nose is fruity esters and spice with bready yeasts. Smells like a winter saison (Hiver/ Noel). Not as much fruit up front as I expected from the description. The inclusion of a combination of passion fruit and prickly pear juices, along with the malt-forward ale yeasts and light, sweet bubblegum flavors make this a unique brew. Is nicely carbonated, dry and holds a balanced bitterness on the finish. Certainly different. Try for yourself and see.

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Lips Of Faith - Prickly Passion Saison from New Belgium Brewing
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